I came across this idea when I read a story about how the City Council in Foley, Minn., found a new way to save money and offer more protection to its citizens. They signed a contract with a private security firm to use security guards to patrol the area. The guards could make citizen's arrests, but couldn't investigate crimes or do traffic stops.
The city was able to hire three to four security guards for the price of one police officer. The city saved over $100,000 a year, and crime was reportedly lowered dramatically.
If Modesto does vote for a safety tax increase, all that money should be used to hire a private security firm to provide security guards to patrol this city instead of the higher wage-earning officers. This is the only viable solution I can see, instead of dumping more money into a police department that has no track record to deter crime in this city, even with a full police department.
Modesto can't afford to spend more money for more of nothing.